Celebrating 100 Years of Worship and Mission
This past Sunday was a big milestone for our church as we kicked off a second century of worship in our sanctuary! On July 23, 1916, the congregation of Port Church dedicated their newly built sanctuary for the worship of God. On July 24, 2016, we gave thanks for the faithfulness of those who have gone before us and left us with this great gift and re-dedicated our sanctuary for the worship and mission of God's people for the next 100 years. As a part of our celebration, our Trustees chair Lauren shared with us about some of the work we need to do to prepare this building for another 100 years: restoration of our oldest stained glass windows, new coverings to protect our picture windows, replacement of the back steps to the office, trimming of trees at the church and the park, and cleaning up and organization of the rooms of the church. To accomplish these tasks will take the work and financial support of all of us. Our Finance chair Bob shared with us a vision for what ministry could be here at Port Church with increased worship and fellowship space and repair of the house on Main Street to support our outreach to the village and beyond. Our church can truly be a beacon of hope and love to all the surrounding community!To grow and not merely maintain what has been passed on to us will take dedication and sacrifice from us all. I am challenged and excited by their words and vision, and I hope you are as well. May those who gather at Port Church in another 100 years find us as faithful as those who have gone before us!
Blessings on the journey, Jim
Lazy Days of Summer
It sure has been hot lately - hot enough to make you think twice about getting outside to do much of anything! While summer days have a reputation for being a bit lazy sometimes, many of us are even busier than usual, and we think that is a good thing. In our day and age, busyness has become a measure of a person's worth and laziness is seen as a cardinal sin. Yet the Bible tells us that even God rested after working to create all that is and that we should rest as well. Join us this Sunday as explore what it means to "Rest" during these "Lazy Days of Summer!"
Living in Community
Thanks to Lauren and Bob for sharing a vision for the work that needs to be done to take care of our building to support our worship and mission for another 100 years!
Thanks to Sue for organizing our potluck on Sunday!
This Week at Port Church
Wednesday, July 20
No Office Hours this week
Sunday, July 24
9:30 am - Worship: "Lazy Days of Summer: Rest"
11:00 Sunday School
Wednesday at the Port begins September 14
News and Updates
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8525 Water Street
PO Box 116
Port Republic, VA 24471